There are certain websites that drive me bonkers. Poor design, poor usability, not updated since forever, only campatible with IE6, flash only… you all have your own pet hates. That said, i *need* some of these same websites that i hate or i *have* to use them. The content and services they offer are useful or perhaps essential, but visiting the site is not a good experience… you don’t *want* to go to the site. It actually becomes hassle and a chore going to the site (for me anyway).
I could have waited a while, but i’m eager to get the new theme up and running as quick as possible. I think i’ll work harder once it goes live so it makes sense to put it live as early as possible.
In february 2008, i posted this article about how i felt bebo was in decline despite growing rapidly and posting record stats at the time.
Quoting myself, “No doubt revenue is up and traffic is flying, but itâ€™s short term gain for long term sacrafice. They are driving people like me away from bebo.” Looking back, i called it right. At the time i didn’t even mention myspace because in my eyes it had no future.
Look at the search trends below (using google insights) for bebo from from 2004 – present. Look at when they peaked… August 2008 (6 months after i published that ‘bebo has gone to hell’ post).